These tiny, sweet, red, raisin-like berries are the holy grail of superfoods! Goji berries are one of the highest known sources of antioxidants, making them one of the most popular functional foods you can eat. These berries have been prized for centuries for their superior properties. Not only are they energy boosting, but they are also believed to foster longevity, strengthen the immune system and support the liver and kidneys, which as you know are the organs essential for effective detox.
Further to this, they cleanse the blood, improve circulation and effectively lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Goji berries boast an incredible list of health benefits that stretch across all facets of the human condition from skin problems to allergies, insomnia and more serious conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. They have also been hailed as the world’s most potent anti-aging food!
Goji berries do need to come with a warning though – they are not for everybody. They are technically classified as a medicinal herb and if you are taking medication for diabetes, blood pressure or any blood thinning medication you should not eat goji berries as there is the potential for dangerous drug-herb interactions. They need to be consumed with caution as there have been some nasty side effects reported when these berries are consumed in excess.
Some people suffer what can only be described as an allergic/overdosing reaction when they eat these berries. Symptoms mimic those of food poisoning and include vomiting, diarrhea, rash, nausea, cramps and headache. There is no way to know if you are one of the unlucky few until you have eaten some berries, so the best advice I can give you is to start small. Just consume a few berries at a time for a few days and note any adverse reactions. Slowly increase the number you consume over the course of a few days and if you don’t feel sick then chances are you are in the clear.
Stop consuming them immediately if you experience anything out of the ordinary! Generally though, when eaten in moderation (about 25g per day), goji berries appear to be safe for the majority of people.